Arsenal, the kings of the impressive wins in the European games that don’t matter as much, with resounding victories in the hopeless second legs and such, smashed FC Basel 4-1 on Tuesday to clinch Group A in the 2016-17 UEFA Champions League. Going into the sixth and final round of group play, Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain both sat on 11 points. PSG, however, controlled the tiebreaker on head-to-head away goals, since the teams were tied on head-to-head points after two draws, as well as goal difference and goals scored.
BERLIN/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Publisher Axel Springer (SPRGn.DE) plans to launch Germany's first daily sports newspaper next month, focusing on soccer as it seeks to offset a decline in sales at its established print business. "We believe that the time is ripe for a soccer paper," Matthias Bruegelmann, deputy editor in chief of Europe's top-selling daily paper Bild, said, adding that high TV viewing figures and big attendances in stadiums underline strong interest in the sport. Germany won the last World Cup and the country is home to Europe's second-richest soccer league after the English Premier League.
Spanish prosecutors have presented charges against three former Real Madrid soccer players, Xabi Alonso, Angel Di Maria and Ricardo Carvalho, for alleged tax fraud, a prosecution source said on Wednesday. Madrid's provincial prosecutor confirmed in a statement it had presented tax charges against three soccer players and said it was investigating two others, after acting on information from Spain's tax authorities. The two players being investigated were one-time Atletico Madrid player Radamel Falcao - now at Monaco - and Fabio Coentrao, a left back at Real Madrid, the prosecution source said.